Coronavirus: Fauci Paints a Grim Reality

As AP reported yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci issued a blunt warning Tuesday that cities and states could “turn back the clock” and see more COVID-19 deaths and economic damage alike if they lift coronavirus stay-at-home orders too fast — a sharp contrast as President Donald Trump pushes to right a free-falling economy.

Doubling down on the warning, the researcher behind the influential model by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington explained that the United States is “speeding towards relaxing social distancing,” leaving the country on an “unfortunate trajectory” as states begin to reopen.

The model predicts that there will be 147,000 deaths in the US by August 4.

Why This Matters: The COVID-19 reality and outlook in the United States is worse than the public has been led to believe–something Fauci also reiterated in his testimony yesterday. Millions of Americans have begun to venture out of their homes as restrictions have eased but scientists still fear a comeback of the virus. The worst part? Republican governors who have been most eager to reopen will be the ones projected to experience the most coronavirus deaths in their states.

Can Ya Dig It?: Lockdown has given archaeology an unexpected boost with volunteers finding previously-unrecorded Roman, prehistoric and medieval sites from the comfort of their own homes.

School’s Out ‘Til…2021?: The California State University system announces plans for a virtual fall semester, this probably won’t be the first school system to do so.

Navajo Nation: The Navajo Nation has been hit so badly by the coronavirus that Doctors Without Borders sent a team to help manage the outbreak.

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